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Before + After: Affordable Scandinavian Flooring Renovation

February 13, 2019

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Before + After Affordable Scandinavian Flooring Renovation

AH NEW FLOORING! I’ve been dreaming of white Scandinavian flooring for the longest time and I can’t believe I finally have my dream flooring and it didn’t cost an arm or a leg!

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When I bought my house it came with this cream-colored carpet that easily got stained from foot traffic, food spills, doggie, and cat accidents so it was time for it to go. I replaced the carpet downstairs with engineered hardwood floors – it’s been a couple of years since I’ve had it and to be honest, I don’t love it. The engineered hardwood scratches too easily and the dark color flooring shows everything. Paw prints, footprints, dust, and cat litter. So when I getting ready to renovate my second floor, I definitely didn’t want to go with any kind of hardwood or bamboo and wanted a light color. I wanted the flooring to go into the bathrooms upstairs so I also needed a material that would be waterproof.

Shopping around I found the Grizzly Bay Oak Vinyl at Lumber Liquidators and after the installation in my home, I LOVE it. 

Lumber Liquidator floor samples


Trust me you don’t want to make a massive order and then discover the flooring isn’t the color or texture that you want. So make sure to order several different flooring samples. Lumber Liquidators offers free flooring samples and there are two ways to get them.

  1. Visit your local Lumber Liquidators store for 3 FREE samples.
  2. Order 3 samples online for $10 and free shipping* and get a $10 credit towards your next purchase.

I actually ordered 3 samples and then decided to go into my local store to see more options and I’m SO glad I did because the samples I originally picked out were too warm and I wanted a neutral gray. 


Removing carpet


Here's what the cream carpet looked like in my master bedroom. Eek all the stains!

Removing carpet

The contractors ripped up all the carpet on the second floor – master bedroom, master bathroom, master closet, hallway, laundry room, guest bathroom, guest bedroom #1, and guest bedroom #2. I also wanted the carpet removed on the stairs and replaced with the vinyl.


Laying down vinyl

Lumber Liquidators did recommend (not required) adding an underlayment between the base flooring and vinyl. This also adds extra protection in case there’s ever a water leak.


Removing carpet from staircase

The carpet on the stairs was removed last – the stairs took two days and a full one day just to remove the carpet and clean it up. Stairs are expensive – that’s just the truth and I can see why because there’s so much clean up required.



Vinyl stairs

Scandinavian Flooring

And here it is – my new Scandinavian-inspired flooring! I’m super, super happy with the Grizzly Bay Oak Vinyl from Lumber Liquidators. It’s waterproof too with a lifetime warranty! The flooring is very comfortable to walk on and the white/grey color makes my second floor so bright during the day. We’ve had a couple of spills in the house since and it’s been very easy to clean up.

See how I styled my home with the new flooring in my bedroom.


Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.